Big's Backyard Ultra

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Big's Backyard Ultra
GenreTrail racing
Location(s)Bell Buckle, Tennessee, U.S.
FounderLazarus Lake
Most recent2019

Big's Backyard Ultra is the original backyard ultra, invented by Gary "Lazarus Lake" Cantrell of Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Participants attempt to complete a 100/24-mile loop each hour indefinitely (around woods during the day, along a road after dark). There is no predefined finish, and the winner is determined by the last loop completed by a single competitor. Otherwise, there is no winner.[1]

Past results[edit]

Year Winner [2] Laps Assist Notes
2011 Tim Englund 18 Dave Carver
2012 Joe Fejes 28 Marcy Beard
2013 Tim Englund 35 Keith Knipling
2014 <No Winner> 49 Johan Steene / Jeremy Ebel Both competitors dropped out after 49 loops
2015 Race not held
2016 Babak Rastgoufard 29 Andy Pearson
2017 Guillaume Calmettes 59 Harvey Lewis
2018 Johan Steene 68 Courtney Dauwalter
2019 Maggie Guterl 60 William Hayward

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic precluded competitors' travelling to Tennessee, so the race was replaced by satellite events in various countries; the world title winner was Karel Sabbe in Belgium, with 76 laps, and the United States winner was Courtney Dauwalter with 68.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Goulding, Justin (21 April 2021). "Big Dog's Backyard Ultra: The toughest, weirdest race you've never heard of". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Backyard Stats". Retrieved March 28, 2020.